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The Oak Park Department of Public Health announced June 11 that it will follow the lead of Cook County and remove all limits on capacity that were first imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As well as the removal of capacity limits, a number of safety restrictions are also getting the boot. The limits and restrictions have been in place for more than a year to restrict contraction of the highly contagious virus, which countries have been battling across the world.

Don’t burn those masks quite yet though. The village of Oak Park is requiring all individuals aged two who can medically tolerate facial coverings to wear them upon visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities, shelters and village municipal buildings.

People should also continue to mask up when riding on planes, buses and trains, as well as when waiting at public transportation stations and bus stops.

Public health officials are asking venues and businesses to be supportive of vaccinated and unvaccinated customers and employees who choose to continue wearing masks, according to the Oak Park Department of Public Health.

The health department also directs children younger than 12, who are unable to receive the vaccine, to wear masks indoors when not in their own households, as well as when in crowded outdoor settings.

The village of Oak Park recommends people who are immunocompromised continue wearing masks.

Under phase five of the state’s reopening plan, which Cook County is currently in, face coverings and social distancing is no longer required in either indoor or outdoor businesses and venues where everyone is fully vaccinated.

Those who aren’t fully vaccinated should continue maintaining social distance guidelines and wearing facial coverings.

Businesses and venues can choose to continue requiring social distancing and masks regardless of vaccination status.

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